Rumor: iTunes & Safari to Merge, Become Web App
This is only a rumor, but it's an interesting one. Three Guys and a Podcast claims that Apple is planning to replace the current version of iTunes with a web-only application that is exclusive to Safari. The move would help Apple bring a large audience to their niche web browser. Apparently, this software merger has been in the works for a long time and may be announced this fall at Apple's annual iPod event. Maybe.
This move would also utilize their new data center and Lala technology.
Rather than making iTunes accessible from any browser, the original hope, the company may make it only available through Safari. If implemented, Apple could become a major player in the web browser space almost overnight. As with any rumor, you have to take it with a grain of salt, but Apple likes to stay competitive.